Not very long ago having an air conditioning unit in your home was considered the ultimate luxury, whereas today most Americans would consider air conditioning an absolute necessity.
In fact, according to this article by CityLab, in America, air conditioning units are more common in homes than garages, dishwashers or dining rooms. It’s really no wonder why there are so many different forms of AC units. This article will look at the various window AC and portable AC units available from Arctic King.
Who makes Arctic King Air Conditioners?
Arctic King Air Conditioners are made by Midea, a Southern Chinese corporation that specializes in air treatment, refrigeration, and small appliances. The company has been around since 1968 but was first listed as a Fortune 500 Company in July of 2016.
Midea has over 100,000 employees in more than 200 countries. Their estimated annual global revenue is listed as more than 22 billion USD. Their promise to consumers is
to provide surprisingly-friendly solutions for the one who treasure those tiny moments at home
Arctic King ACs Compared
Arctic King AC Range Explained
The Arctic King brand carries several types of AC units based on consumer’s wants and specific needs. Window AC units are small box units that fit directly into a window.
Through the wall units are similar to window units but are installed within a hole in the wall. Many of these options are more permanent and some also provide heat in addition to cooling.
Portable AC units (or tower units) are larger options that are often on wheels. They have a small vent on the back that exhausts through a window. And slide casement units are also installed in windows – they are specially made for windows that open to the side or slide open.
5 Best Arctic King Air Conditioners Reviewed
1. Arctic King WWK05CM91N
|Cooling Area (Max)||150 sq. ft.|
|Dimensions||16 x 13.2 x 12.1|
The Arctic King WWK05CM91N is the perfect choice for cooling down a small room that measures no more than 150 square feet. This 5,000 BTU AC won’t be suitable for a large space, but it’s great for small bedrooms, offices, and dens. It’s energy-efficient with an 11.0 EER, so cooling a space with this window unit is likely to reduce overall energy costs.
Homeowners love that this unit is so easy to install. You won’t have to significantly modify your existing window frame when you mount the WWK05CM91N into place. The minimum window height required is 13,” and it can fit a width anywhere between 23 and 36 inches. You will need a screwdriver, but that’s about it. Just refer to the easy-to-follow user manual for complete installation steps and use the included mounting accessories.
As for the cooling features, this Arctic King model comes with 7 temperature settings, 2 cooling and fan settings, and 2-way air direction control. The 2-way control doesn’t give you a ton of options on airflow direction, but this isn’t a big deal since this AC is only suitable for small spaces. All of these settings are easy to control with clearly-labeled dials on the front-facing control panel.
The main thing to remember about this unit is that it’s fairly basic – but that’s not always a bad thing. It’s great if you’re looking for something with efficient cooling power for that spare bedroom or small office space, especially if you do not want to break the bank. This AC unit doesn’t come with all the bells and whistles, like a remote control or advanced cooling modes, but it’s solid and dependable.
2. Arctic King MWK-05CMN1-BI7
|Cooling Area (Max)||150 sq. ft.|
|Dimensions||15 x 17.9 x 15.2|
The MWK-05CMN1-B17 is another 5,000 BTU unit that’s great for cooling small spaces up to 150 square feet. Compared to the previous 5,000 BTU Arctic King unit, this one is even more affordable. For readers on an extreme budget, the B17 is the way to go. The lower cost means that this window unit is slightly more basic than the last, but it seems like a fair trade-off considering the significantly lower price tag.
One reason for the budget-friendly price tag is the somewhat average energy efficiency rating. This unit as an EER of 9.7, which isn’t bad by any means, but it’s not as impressive as the 11.0 of the previous 5,000 BTU unit. Just keep in mind that 9.7 is still considered perfectly adequate for anyone trying to stay efficient with their home cooling.
The rotary thermostat controls are easy to use, and they’re located on the front left-hand side of the unit. To change the temperature or cooling settings, simply turn the appropriate rotary dial to your desired setting. There are 7 temperature settings to choose from, 2 fan-only settings, and 2 cooling settings.
The main complaint surrounding the B17 unit is that it lacks cooling power, but most of these protests come from reviewers who are using the unit in a space that is too large. Remember, this is only suitable with rooms up to 150 square feet, so the B17 won’t be able to perform in any space larger than this. On a more positive note, a lot of reviewers refer to this as a “little machine with big power,” so you won’t be disappointed as long as you use it properly.
3. Arctic King AKTW08CR71E
|Type||Through the Wall|
|Cooling Area (Max)||300 sq. ft.|
|Dimensions||29.4 x 28.1 x 20.5|
A lot of people go out and purchase an air conditioning unit when they need to be cooled off NOW. If you need instant satisfaction, a through the wall unit is probably not for you. But if you have a little bit more time for installation and setup and you’re looking for a more permanent solution to your cooling needs, then a through the wall unit is a great option.
Our favorite option is the Arctic King AKTW08CR71E. It’s a rather small model that runs on 8,000 BTUs, so it will cool an area of about 300 square feet (though ideal for a room smaller than that). The model listed above, though still our favorite, has been updated over the last few months – the newer model is here.
This through the wall model looks great on paper and will only cost about $68 to run throughout the year, according to its energy star pamphlet. Personally speaking though, these small appliances don’t give me the permanent feel that you would expect when literally cutting a hole in your home wall to make it work.
Unless you’re really set on having an AC/heat combo that you can use throughout the year (and you’re willing to replace it with a similar model once it pitters out), I would rather suggest a portable AC unit like these, or even purchasing a similar model in a window version as a trial to see if you like the product first without making permanent changes to your home.
4. Arctic King AC-Heat AKW25ER72N
|Type||Through the Wall|
|BTU||25K (Cooling), 16K (Heating)|
|Cooling Area (Max)||1,500 sq. ft.|
|Dimensions||30.6 x 32.4 x 23.3|
If you’re looking for an Arctic King unit that’s capable of both cooling and heating, you’ll want to consider the AKW25ER72N model. This unit isn’t cheap, but it’s powerful and perfectly capable of getting you through the entire year, whether that means cranking on the heat or sitting in front of the AC’s cool breeze.
Another reason for the high cost of the AKW25ER72N is the impressive cooling power. It boasts an impressive BTU rating of 25,000 and a heating power of 16,000 BTUs. That means it can handle a space of up to 1,500 square feet. You could potentially cool your entire home or apartment with this unit, depending on the square footage and layout.
Because of its high-power rating, you won’t be able to plug this unit into the standard 115V outlet – it requires a 208V plug, so keep this in mind before purchasing. The other minor drawbacks are the heavy design and somewhat challenging installation. It requires a through-the-wall installation, which isn’t as simple as window mounting an AC. Because of the heavy design, many homeowners choose to hire a professional for installation.
The AKW25ER72N comes with tons of settings, so you can control much more than just “cool” and “heat” modes. It also comes with Auto, Dry, and Sleep modes as well as a Check Filter indicator. There’s also an Energy Saver mode and options for multiple fan speeds. If you’re looking for a more advanced climate control solution, the AKW25ER72N is an excellent choice.
5. Arctic King WPPH-08CR5
|Cooling Area (Max)||250 sq. ft.|
|Dimensions||14 x 13.6 x 27.7|
Not every homeowner is onboard with installing an AC, even if it only calls for simple window-mounting installation. Portable ACs like the Arctic King WPPH-08CR5 model are loved for the fact that they are, well, portable. This unit is easy to move from room to room, plus there’s essentially no installation required.
The WPPH-08CR5 has a BTU rating of 8,000, and it can cool a space of 250 square feet (great for a master bedroom). It’s somewhat energy efficient with an EER of 9.0, and it comes with a remote control so that you can maintain your ideal temperature from anywhere in the room. The only installation that’s required is dealing with a bit of ducting, but it can be set up in about 10 minutes.
This portable AC comes with all the bells and whistles that basic Arctic King window units are missing. You’ll be able to enjoy a 24-hour timer, an auto-restart function, and modes for Cool, Fan, and Dry. There are 2 fan speeds (High and Low), and changing between settings and modes is super simple with the easy to use control panel.
Another great feature of the WPPH-08CR5 is that it’s designed for quiet cooling. Arctic King has specifically focused on a low-noise design with this model, even on the highest setting. The main downside is that this product is Renewed (as opposed to brand new), but it still comes with a renewal warranty for returns within 90 days.
Window vs Through the Wall Air Conditioners
‘Window’ AC units and ‘Through the Wall’ Air Conditioners are very similar in both size and function as they work in almost identical ways. The difference is that through the wall units are built-in. A hole is created in the wall to match the size of the air conditioning unit and creating a snug, air-tight fit. For this reason, through the wall option is much more energy-efficient because window units often don’t fit perfectly and allow air to escape, etc.
It might be easy to assume that because window units and through the wall units are so similar in function that they would be interchangeable, and this couldn’t be further from the truth. The main difference between the two types of units is that window ACs vent from the sides and back, whereas through the wall units vent from the back only. Installing a window unit in your home wall would not only cause hot air to vent into your insulation and walls but would make the unit quickly overheat and break.
Because through the wall options are often more permanent than window units, many models on the market today now also create heat, which is a nice bonus during the cooler months. This will help offset the additional cost from the extra installation (creating a hole in your wall and installing a permanent sleeve).
British Thermal Units (BTU) Explained
British Thermal Units (or BTUs, as they are often listed) are universally what most air conditioning units run on, and the number represents how much heat the unit will be able to take out of the air (the opposite is true for heater units).
When you are shopping for an air conditioner it is very important to know the size of the area you would like to be cooling, as the number of BTUs you will need will vary greatly. The Arctic King brand has AC units ranging from 5,000 BTUs (150 square feet) to 18,000 BTUs (1,000 square feet).
To get the right AC unit for your space, you’ll need to measure the square footage of your room. To do this, measure the length of your room by the width of the room. For example, a room 10 feet long by 12 feet wide would be 10 X 12=120 square feet. A room 22 feet long by 17 feet wide would be 22 X 17=374 square feet.
If the room you’re measuring is open to other rooms or is not well insulated, you will need to take this into account and figure in extra space in your estimate. Once you have your square footage, you can easily see how many BTUs you’ll require. For the Arctic King brand, follow these guidelines:
|5,000||150 Sq. Ft.|
|8,000||250 Sq. Ft.|
|10,000||450 Sq. Ft.|
|12,000||350 Sq. Ft.|
|14,000||400 Sq. Ft.|
|18,000||1,000 Sq. Ft|
More Features of Arctic King AC Units
Many of the Arctic King models have additional features, but you will need to check each individual item to see which features are available. Here are some of the items you might see explained:
24 Hour Timer
The 24-hour timer is designed so that you can set the AC unit to cool a room before you get home so that you can start feeling maximum comfort right away.
4-Way Fan Direction
The fans within the unit are completely customizable to allow you to choose in which direction the airflow goes for optimal comfort.
Energy Saving Mode
This mode works by using the compressor in short spurts while maximizing the fan usage to save energy. Instead of consistently running, the fan will run for 2 minutes within each 10-minute time period until the room temperature is above the AC unit set temperature. Then the compressor will start the AC again.
Many of the through the wall AC unit options also have heating capabilities, which means that you’ll be able to use the unit all year round.
LED Remote Control
Adjust the temperature of your Arctic King AC from across the room without getting up. Battery operated remotes light up – ideal for keeping bedside for when you need to adjust the temperature in the middle of the night.
Using sleep mode will increase the set temperature by 2 degrees Fahrenheit 30 minutes after sleep mode is accessed and another 2 degrees Fahrenheit 30 minutes after the first increase. This new number will then hold for a 7-hour sleep period. For example, if you initiate sleep mode at 70 degrees, then after 30 minutes the new setting will be 72 and after an additional 30 minutes, the new setting will be 74, which will be held for 7 hours.
Comparisons with AC Brands
Fortunately, we’ve had the benefit of being able to review many air conditioning units over the years to help you find just the right model for your personal needs. Below we compare the Arctic King brand to some of our favorite products:
When it comes to quiet window AC units, you’re not likely to find a better product than the Haier ESAQ406T.
It has a built-in compressor “blanket” that reduces noise, and at just 43 dBs on the low speed it’s 10+ decibels quieter than the average Arctic King model.
The Haier version is just over 55 pounds, so it’s slightly bulkier than many of the Arctic King versions – something to keep into consideration if you have trouble lifting heavy objects or will be installing the unit by yourself.
This GE window unit model is listed by Consumer Reports as one of these highest rated window AC units.
It’s about 52 pounds, which means it’s about 10 lbs heavier than the compared Arctic King brand, but the price point is still about the same and the reviews are nearly all positive.
Another very basic AC model is the hOmeLabs 5,000 – a lightweight air conditioner ideal for the first-time user.
At just 36 pounds it’s very similar in weight to many of the Arctic King window AC models of the same size.
Price-wise the two models are also very similar. We love the hOmeLabs version for its antibacterial filter that can be washed once a month for optimal clean airflow.
If you’re not sold on this particular brand, take a look at our independent reviews on other top-selling AC units from the leading manufacturers.
Arctic King Troubleshooting
Many of the problems that people face with their Arctic King AC units come from not properly maintaining them over time. Just like other home appliances, AC units (especially ones with direct access to the outdoors like window units or through the wall units) need regular maintenance.
This YouTube video by Meteorology Lab shows you just how much dirt and grime can build up in a window unit in just a year’s time, and how you can properly clean it out.
Unfortunately, many of the other troubleshooting complaints with the Arctic King brand come from specific parts breaking and the near impossibility of being able to find replacement parts. With the Arctic King being a bit of a budget brand, if your model breaks after several years of use it might be time for an upgrade.
Arctic King AC units are decent air conditioners, especially if you’re on a budget and need AC fast. For small rooms, we recommend the Arctic King 5,000 BTU Window Air Conditioner. This very basic model might be missing the bells and whistles that a lot of AC units have today, but it will get the job done, especially if you’re in a bind or need temporary cooling while your house unit is in disrepair.
Our Rating: (4.5 / 5)
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